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Canada Mulls Shipping Huge Amounts of Tar Sands Oil via Rail – October 3, 2013

Proposal prompted by China's request for alternatives in the face of rising opposition to Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines

There’s yet another sign that Canadian pipeline transport company Enbridge's plan for the Northern Gateway pipeline, that would move heavy crude from Alberta’s tar sands mines to a marine shipping terminal in British Columbia, is dead in the water. A recent report by Greenpeace has revealed that the Canadian government and the privately-owned, CN Rail, are looking into the possibility of transporting tar sands bitumen from Alberta to the Canadian west coast, via rail, from where it could be shipped to markets across the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Rita MountainsPhoto by Steven TomsicShipping bitumen by rail would not require added chemicals to dilute the… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Green Group Sues Canadian Govt for Restricting Public Input on Energy Projects – August 14, 2013

ForestEthics Advocacy says the Harper administration is trying to limit debate on key projects designed to expand tar sands oil extraction

Frustrated by what they say is the Stephen Harper government's blatant attempt to limit debate on key energy projects designed to expand production of the Alberta tar sands, environmental organization ForestEthics Advocacy is suing the Canadian federal government. The group filed suit in federal court yesterday (August 13), hoping to overturn legislation that they say unfairly restricts citizen participation in a publicly-funded democratic process.

tar sands mine in CanadaPhoto by howlmontreal/FlickrEnvironmentalists say oil from Canada’s tar sands is toxic, harms wildlife, and is destroying
Canada's critical boreal forests.

The lawsuit, filed in Toronto, calls for the Federal Court of Canada to strike… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Keystone XL Isn’t the Only Key – June 7, 2013

Canadian oil producers seeking to expand existing pipelines to get tar sands oil to the US market

The battle over TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline continues to rage as both sides dig into their strategic playbooks for the Hail Mary pass that might tip the contest in their favor. The stakes, of course, are high. The multi-billion dollar project would see hundreds of thousands of barrels of diluted bitumen piped every day from Alberta across the border into the United States and to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Each side’s arguments are well known by now. Pipeline supporters promise jobs and North American energy security. Environmentalists warn of a climate change time bomb and oil spills, and argue that now is the time to end reliance on fossil… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Ocean Fertilization Could be a Boon to Fish Stocks – October 31, 2012

Geoengineering concerns surrounding British Columbia iron-dumping incident only part of the story

The ocean fertilization experiment that occurred this summer off the coast of British Columbia has generated intense controversy over the prospect of a rogue eco-vigilante engaging in geoengineering — that is, the manipulation of ecosystems to counteract the greenhouse effect. The experiment, in which more than 100 metric tons of iron were dumped into the Pacific Ocean, is likely to be the center of attention at UN talks occurring this week to discuss an international treaty to govern geoengineering experiments. Global condemnation of the experiment has been harsh and swift.

sockeye salmonPhoto by Hardo MillerThe experiment was based… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Canadian Environmentalists Protest Their Government’s Attacks Against Activists and NGOs – June 3, 2012

Wide Range of Groups Participating in BlackOutSpeakOut Campaign

A coalition of Canadian environmental groups is turning up the heat on the federal government this coming week to protest what they are calling “unprecedented actions” by government officials to curtail democratic debate and public process regarding Canada’s development of the Alberta tar sands, specifically the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline.

Photo by Flickr usernouspiqueTomorrow, June 4, the BlackOutSpeakOut campaign is calling on Canadians to inundate
government agencies with calls and emails protesting proposed changes to the country’s
environmental laws and the government’s efforts to silence environmentalists.

Tomorrow, June 4, the BlackOutSpeakOut campaign is calling on hundreds of thousands of Canadians to inundate… more

by: Ron Johnson

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